Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner celebrated the formalization of the peace agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Speaking to Fox News, he was very optimistic about the results and said the agreements negotiated with President Trump as mediator “make you realize that anything is possible if we have the courage, the vision and the determination to try to move forward.”
According to a White House statement, members of the Trump administration, along with the president, hosted an official ceremony where the historic peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were officially signed on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump was accompanied on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif.
The diplomats signed the pacts agreed upon weeks ago between Israel and the two Gulf nations. The agreements are expected to generate a new order in the Middle East that will put an end to decades of war and misery, generating a multiplier effect among the other countries of the region by promoting a future of peace, stability, and prosperity.
Jared Kushner, who actively participated in the negotiations, said the agreements were the result of President Trump’s particular approach to diplomacy in the region. In a dialogue with Fox News, Kushner said that first all the policies that had already been implemented in the region were thoroughly studied, and finally President Trump himself said, “Let’s try to do it differently.”
As Kushner’s statements continued, instead of trying to deal with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as was historically done, the Trump administration focused on demonstrating in the region that the Palestinian leadership is not interested in developing peace agreements, while Israel is willing. As they moved forward with that policy they were able to discover that the countries of the Middle East really only want the same thing, a promising future.
“People in the Middle East are now seeing that they don’t want to have their futures be held back by conflicts of the past,” he explained. “People want to pursue shared opportunities. They want to have better jobs. They want to do business together. They want to explore each other’s countries and get to know each other, and President Trump was able to take an unconventional approach to bring people together.”
Kushner also pointed to President Trump’s critics, who had wrongly criticized the alternative approach presented to address the Middle East problem as one that would generate even more instability.
“These people have been saying ‘If President Trump was elected he would start World War III.’ What we saw today [was] instead of World War III, he achieved the first breakthrough in Middle East peace in the last 26 years,” Kushner said.
When asked about the possibility of reaching a peace agreement with Iran, the most conflictive country in the region, Kushner responded, “All these leaders getting together signing a peace agreement … it makes you realize that anything is possible.”